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Hackettstown’s Jodi Murphy Wins Dog Grooming Industry’s Most Prestigious Award

Certified Master Groomer and Master Pet Stylist Receives Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Award, Pet Industry’s Version of an Oscar

AZUSA, Calif. – Members of the competitive dog grooming industry gathered recently at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for the Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards, the industry’s Oscars, which honor the year’s best and brightest groomers, contest judges and pet salons.  This year’s recipients included Hackettstown, New Jersey’s own Jodi Murphy, who was presented with the Congeniality Award for her outstanding sportsmanship, fellowship and camaraderie with her fellow groomers.

A National Certified Master Groomer through the National Dog Groomers Association and two-time Master Pet Stylist, Jodi is one of the top pet stylists in the United States and a Certifier for the NDGAA, certifying groomers for their Master status.  Throughout her grooming career, Jodi has won numerous awards, including the #1 position on Groom Team USA in 2002, the 2005 and 2006 Best American Groomer at Intergroom, World Grand Champion at the Oster Invitational Tournament of Champions in 2006, and multiple Best All Around and Best in Show competitor awards.  Jodi is currently sharing her vast knowledge and expertise in grooming through her own series of instructional DVD’s that are ideal for beginners and experienced groomers alike.  She is also the owner of The Puppy Spa mobile grooming business that services select areas of New Jersey’s Warren, Morris and Somerset counties.

“Throughout her career, Jodi has demonstrated her camaraderie with fellow groomers and is always ready to help those who are new to the profession or want to seek out the voice of experience,” said Tony de Vos, president of Cardinal Pet Care, a major manufacturer of pet products and sponsor of the Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards.  “Now, she’s sharing that experience with even more people through her DVD’s.  ‘Congeniality’ is defined as friendly, pleasant and agreeable, and those are all words I would use to describe Jodi.  We are thrilled to present her with this year’s Congeniality Award.”

The Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards were founded in 1988 by Cardinal Pet Care President Tony de Vos and Shirlee Kalstone, then owner of the International Intergroom trade show for competitive grooming, for the purpose of establishing standards of grooming excellence and recognizing professional skills in the competitive grooming industry.  Since the beginning, the Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards have been considered one of the highest honors in the pet grooming industry, annually presenting awards for outstanding achievement in eight different categories.  Click here for a complete description of the criteria for the awards.

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